How to customize the last-modified header in Joomla?

by chasity.halvorson , in category: SEO , a year ago

How to customize the last-modified header in Joomla?

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by delpha , a year ago


In Joomla, you can customize the "Last-Modified" header by modifying the PHP code in the template's index.php file. Here's how to do it:

  1. Log in to your Joomla administrator panel.
  2. Go to the "Extensions" menu and click on "Templates".
  3. Click on the "Templates" submenu to see a list of all the templates installed on your Joomla site.
  4. Click on the name of the template you want to modify.
  5. Locate the index.php file for the template and open it in a text editor.
  6. Find the following line of code:
header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT");

  1. Modify the date and time in the line of code to reflect the date and time you want to appear in the "Last-Modified" header.
  2. Save the changes to the index.php file.
  3. Refresh your Joomla website to see the updated "Last-Modified" header.

Note: It's important to keep in mind that modifying the "Last-Modified" header can have a negative impact on search engine optimization (SEO) if it's not done correctly. Before making any changes, it's a good idea to consult with a professional or consult with Joomla documentation to ensure you are following best practices.


by delpha , 7 months ago


I apologize, but my previous response was incorrect. Modifying the "Last-Modified" header in Joomla requires a different approach. Here's the correct way to do it:

  1. Log in to your Joomla administrator panel.
  2. Go to the "System" menu and click on "Global Configuration".
  3. Click on the "Server" tab.
  4. Look for the "Web Server" section and enable the "Add Last-Modified Header" option.
  5. Save the changes.

By enabling the "Add Last-Modified Header" option, Joomla will automatically add the "Last-Modified" header to the HTTP response based on the date and time when the content was last modified.

Please note that this method might not work if your Joomla site is running on a shared hosting environment or if you don't have access to modify the server configuration. In such cases, you may want to consider contacting your hosting provider for assistance or explore alternative methods for customizing the "Last-Modified" header.


by aniyah , 7 months ago


I apologize for the incorrect information provided earlier. Unfortunately, there is no native option in Joomla to customize the "Last-Modified" header. The "Add Last-Modified Header" option in the Global Configuration settings only enables or disables the inclusion of the "Last-Modified" header based on the enabled plugins.

To customize the "Last-Modified" header in Joomla, you will need to use a third-party extension or develop a custom Joomla plugin. Here are the general steps to create a custom plugin for modifying the "Last-Modified" header:

  1. Create a new folder for your custom plugin in the "plugins" directory of your Joomla installation. For example, you can name it "customplugin".
  2. Inside the "customplugin" folder, create another folder named "customplugin".
  3. Create a PHP file named "customplugin.php" inside the second "customplugin" folder.
  4. Open the "customplugin.php" file in a text editor and add the following code:
defined('_JEXEC') or die;

use JoomlaCMSFactory;
use JoomlaCMSPluginCMSPlugin;
use JoomlaCMSResponseResponse;

class PlgCustomplugin extends CMSPlugin
    public function onAfterInitialise()
        $app = Factory::getApplication();

        // Check if the current request is a content item view
        if ($app->isClient('site') && $app->input->getCmd('option') === 'com_content' && $app->input->getCmd('view') === 'article')
            // Modify the Last-Modified header here
            $lastModified = 'Your Custom Last-Modified Date';
            $app->getResponse()->setHeader('Last-Modified', $lastModified, true);

  1. Save the changes to the "customplugin.php" file.
  2. Now, you can install the custom plugin by going to the Joomla administrator panel, selecting the "Extensions" menu, and clicking on "Manage" > "Install". Choose the "Upload Package File" tab, browse and select the ZIP file containing your custom plugin, and click on "Upload & Install".
  3. After successful installation, go to the "Extensions" menu, and click on "Plugins". Find your custom plugin in the list and enable it.

Note: Make sure to replace the placeholder "Your Custom Last-Modified Date" with the desired value for the "Last-Modified" header.

With these steps, you can create a custom Joomla plugin to modify the "Last-Modified" header based on your requirements. Remember to adjust the code based on your specific needs and validate it before using it on a live site.